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News of our Apostolates for Friends of Subiaco
Fall 2006
Subiaco, Arkansas, Vol LXIV, No.2
The Abbey Farm
by Fr. Richard Walz, OSB & Br. Tobias DeSalvo, OSB
“The Subiaco Abbey farm is right where it ought to be,” stated David McMahon, one of our farm’s many benefactors.
Br. Ephrem O’Bryan and Fr. Richard Walz were visiting with Mr. McMahon recently and those were his first words. He is
very proud of the progress made over the past few years in developing a top-notch Black Angus herd and attributes much
of the credit to Abbey Farm Manager, Lawrence (Butch)
Geels ’56.
When the first monks came to Subiaco back in the
late 1800s, they plowed fields, planted a vineyard and
orchard, and tended a few chickens and cows. They were
continuing the centuries-old tradition of working the land
surrounding the monastery. The thought was that as the
monk worked the land, the land formed the monk into a
person of prayer, dependent on God’s loving providence
for sustenance and material welfare. In time, corn and
cash crops were added to the list of products derived
from the monks’ farming effort. In the early 1900s,
Holstein cattle were introduced at Subiaco to provide
milk, butter, and cheese for the monks and students of the
For the next sixty years, the brothers would milk and
feed the dairy herd every morning and evening, often
Highway 22 sign announces Subiaco Abbey Angus
missing community prayer to get the job done. In 1964
the dairy cattle were auctioned off, and the face and nature of farming at Subiaco changed. With the decision to get out of the dairy business came the decision to expand in the
area of beef cattle. For the next 30 years Br. John Schad directed the beef operation and the farm land was then utilized for
pasture and hay, where previously silage had been so important for the dairy cattle. As Br. Henry Fuhrmann was quoted
as saying, “There was plenty of work to do and we liked it that way!” Br. Michael Fuhrmann and Br. Louis Fuhrmann also
had a big hand in the farm work and were assisted during the summer months by the junior members of the monastery in
making the hay and storing it for the winter months.
Brothers John, Henry and Michael are doing their work from their ringside seat in heaven these days, and when Butch
Geels was hired to manage the Abbey Farm in early 2000, it was with an idea of moving in the direction of “specialization.” Encouraged by Mr. David McMahon, a long-time abbey friend and registered Black Angus cattleman, the well-considered and timely decision was made to specialize in Black Angus cattle and specifically in the production of breeding
stock. Mr. McMahon furthered the cause by donating some registered Black Angus cows himself and looking for dona-
tions from other breeders. This search bore major fruit with the donation of 41 registered Black Angus to the abbey by two
Angus breeders, and over the years with other donations of breeding stock, embryo transplants and semen from some of
the best Black Angus sires in the country. The hope is to reach a level of 150 to 175 producing cows, making Subiaco a
prime supplier of Black Angus breeding stock.
Today, under the direction of Butch Geels, Fr. David Bellinghausen and Br. Tobias DeSalvo, the breeding operation
is making use of the latest technology and available expertise to achieve these goals. The breeding program prides itself
in trying to use only sires whose carcass qualities rank in the top 1% of the Black Angus breed. Adopting proven methods
of cattle breeding and pasture management and doing the painstaking recordkeeping and weighing of individual animals
at regular intervals, has resulted in what is hoped will be of benefit not only to the Subiaco Abbey farm, but to the many
farmers in this part of the country who are raising beef cattle.
This benefit to surrounding cattle ranchers was one of the original goals of the Abbey Angus operation. In 2001 the
abbey was enrolled in a program with the University of Arkansas called Arkansas Beef Improvement Program (ABIP),
and one of the original goals was to make the Abbey Farm a valuable source of quality Black Angus bulls for local and
area breeders. By making the abbey’s farm a kind of demonstration farm, local farmers would benefit as well as the abbey
itself. Another stated goal was to make the farm profitable for the abbey and academy. We are on the verge of achieving
this second goal.
Today the farm follows a routine similar to that of many others. There is constant surveillance of the cattle which
includes weighing, daily feeding and recordkeeping, not only during breeding and calving times, but throughout the year.
At other regular intervals the animals’ weights are recorded and the use of ultrasound data is used to determine the quality
of the animals’ carcass that will be passed on to its progeny. During the warmer months much effort is put into growing
good pastures and producing hay for the winter season. This includes weed control, fertilizing, pasture rotation for grazing, and the many jobs that must be done throughout the year, such as building or mending fences.
In 2004 a new hay barn was built south of Highway 22, where many of the animals spend much of their time and
where much of the hay is produced. This new barn holds up to 600 round hay bales. Since much more hay than this is
required during a typical winter, hay is also stored outside and in two older barns. The old horse barn, built in 1904, is an
heirloom of the monastery. Some repairs have been made on it recently, but more work is required. The old dairy barn,
built in 1923, became a machine shop after we ceased to milk cows and is also used now to store hay. This barn, while
still a sound structure, is in need of renovation and a new roof. Neither of these barns were built with the idea of storing
round bales of hay, but they help preserve the more or less 2000 round bales of hay needed each year for our cattle.
Looking to the future it is clear that another hay barn and another corral will be needed south of Highway 22 so that
it will not be necessary to drive these cattle across the highway in order to vaccinate, weigh or otherwise care for them.
Subiaco has been blessed by the interest of many local farmers, and some who are much farther away, in doing the work
of bringing the Abbey Angus operation up to speed. This work has been the work of many hands and it is the hope that it
will bring benefits to many as well.
Br. Tobias storing hay in the recently built hay barn south of the highway. This barn holds up to 600
round bales, nearly one third of a year’s supply.
The Gospel of Judas
The National Geographic Society did a disservice to the world and tarnished its own reputation for scientific objectivity by the way it presented the Gospel of Judas last spring. Don’t get
me wrong. The Gospel of Judas is a valuable document, but not in the way hinted at in what the
Biblical Archeology Review described as National Geographic’s “masterful display of professional hype.”
The publicity implied that a new document had been discovered which gave an independent witness to the events of Jesus’ last days and a version of Jesus’ relationship to Judas which
legitimately challenged the evidence of the canonical Gospels. The fine print revealed that
existence of the document had been known since the year 200, that it isn’t in a Gospel format,
and that it is a witness to the second century rather than the first. Many newspapers fell into the
trap and printed headlines like that in The Washington Post, “Newly Translated Gospel Offers
More Positive Portrayal of Judas.”
What is the truth about the Gospel of Judas? A leather-bound papyrus manuscript copy of this document was found
in the Egyptian desert in the early 1970s but only became public in the late 1990s. Though the existence and part of the
contents of the document were already known through comments of early Christian writers, no text was available until
this copy, dated between 220 and 340, was found. The Gospel of Judas presents a series of encounters between Jesus
and other disciples and Judas in the three days before the Passion. Unlike the four canonical Gospels, this text betrays no
intention of providing a narrative of events in the life of Jesus; in fact the title, “Gospel of Judas,” was added at the end by
a later copyist. Though it is only about three-quarters complete and there are mutilations of the existing text, the document
is a valuable witness to the second-century development of the Gnostic sect, which claimed a secret knowledge of divine
mysteries different from the teaching of orthodox Christianity.
But it was misleading for the publicists to imply that this apocryphal text has
any bearing on the historical evidence about Jesus, Judas, or the days leading
“And that is what the Gosup to the passion. The original text, of which the present manuscript is a copy,
pel of Judas is, a work of
is dated between 130 and 180, or 100 to 150 years after the events it narrates.
From our vantage point 2000 years later, that seems very close to the time of
fiction based on the Gospel
Jesus. But it is equivalent to a report of the Civil War or the Spanish-American
events. It is more akin to
War being written today, with no new evidence, changing the order or interprethe Da Vinci Code than to
tation of those events, which by now are very distant in the past for us. That is
the Gospels themselves...”
acceptable in a work of fiction. And that is what the Gospel of Judas is, a work
of fiction based on the Gospel events. It is more akin to the Da Vinci Code than
to the Gospels themselves, and it has no more authority than the Da Vinci Code
concerning the facts or their interpretation. Both tell more about the time and
culture in which they were written than what they were written about.
The value of the Gospel of Judas rests in what it reveals about the teachings of Gnosticism (a sect professing to have
“secret knowledge,” from the Greek word gnosis, knowledge) as it developed in the second century. Jesus tells Judas,
“Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries.” One of these “mysteries” is the Gnostics’ rejection of the
flesh – and thus the incarnation – and the whole material world as the creation of an evil deity. Jesus is portrayed as coming from the realm of the highest God, who is different from the evil God of the Bible. The twelve apostles have been
serving the biblical God, but Jesus sees that Judas is reflecting more deeply and can receive the true knowledge about the
highest God.
Judas is just one of the biblical “outsiders” revered by Gnostics. Around 200 St. Irenaeus referred to the Cainites, a
group who looked to Cain, the brother of Abel, as a demigod and hero. Others idolized Korah, a rebel leader against Moses, or Esau, the brother of Jacob. Because these figures were adversaries to the leading figures in the biblical narrative,
they were considered to have been champions of the higher God, but in their own time their worth had not been recognized by those without the secret knowledge.
All of this is fascinating for students of the history of religion as a new source for following second-century developments in a heretical Christian sect which would survive into the fourth century. But for insight into the historical figures
of Jesus and Judas and what happened in the days leading up to the Passion, it is no help.
Abbey Journal
The pleasant weather of late June continued into July, with clear skies, low humidity, and highs in the 80s. This
would be ideal summer weather, except that we are constantly aware of the rainfall deficit, and the steadily dropping level
of the Abbey and town water supply. At mid-month the first level of a water conservation policy was announced by the
city council, and the town of Subiaco began getting its water from the Paris water system. The lines of the two systems
come very close together, and some five or six years ago a connection was made. Now the Abbey and Academy can be
isolated from the rest of the distribution system. I believe this is the first time the separation has been made. The result
was immediately apparent: the gauge which indicates the water level in the Abbey water tower began hovering near “full,”
and comments were heard from town customers about the different taste of the Paris water. Of course everyone gets used
to and likes their own water. On July 17, we began paying for our mild temperatures. That entire week topped 100°,
beginning a four-week period of extremely hot weather.
Fr. Raphael was hospitalized with a loss of kidney function. He received a port for peritoneal dialysis, and is now receiving this treatment in the Abbey Health Center. He says that he is able to sleep while the solution does its cleansing job
during the night, so that he feels “tolerable” during the day. He has even managed to return to his parish of Shoal Creek
for a few weekends.
Fr. Richard took pictures of our water supply lake on July 30. Comparison with pictures from January 2004 showed
that it is at exactly the same level as then, seven feet below full. The second level of water conservation measures were
imposed at the end of July, banning all yard and plant watering. More on this later.
Br. Tobias showed up at breakfast on July 24, which is unusual. He is always out feeding the cattle by that time.
When he grabbed Br. Francis, who set his plate of food down and hustled out with Tobias, we knew something was up.
He returned half an hour later with an unlikely tale, but with pictures to prove it, of a bull on the barn roof. This circa
700-pound animal had first gotten through a fence, then walked up a
dirt ramp on one end of the two story dairy barn, and stepped off the
ramp onto the roof of a lean-to shed. From the edge of this roof, he
jumped up onto the main roof of the barn and wandered around, going all the way to the peak. That’s where the farmers found him. He
occasionally started sliding down the roof and came close to the edge
before regaining traction. Br. Tobias tried to coax him down with a
bucket of feed while Mr. Geels waited below with a rifle, sure that he
would fall off, break his neck and have to be slaughtered. Against all
odds, he finally followed the feed bucket back down to terra firma,
oblivious to his near brush with the hamburger grinder. Br. Francis
composed titles for his pictures (“Bull on a Hot Tin Roof,” etc.). The
Ozark and Paris newspapers featured the Abbey’s acrobatic bull.
During the final week of July, the boys and girls of the annual
Choir Camp, sponsored by the Arkansas Interfaith Council, filled the
Bull on a Hot Tin Roof!
dormitories, the swimming pool, and the Abbey Church with youthful
energy and melody. It is wonderful to see kids enjoying themselves
in such wholesome pursuits—learning the handbells, singing Vespers in lush harmony, preparing a Broadway/vaudeville
musical. Several of the Catholic girls joined us for morning Mass, and
we were touched as one girl made a special point each day of greeting Br.
Martin in his wheelchair at the sign of peace.
The Abbey Chapter, i.e., all the finally-professed monks, or at least all
who could be located in mid-summer, convened two evenings in a row.
The first session concerned the repair of the collapsed north retaining wall.
The plan presented was quite expensive and the Chapter decided not to decide right now. Other options will be explored. We did decide to remove
the mature pine trees below the wall. These were slowly dying anyway,
and many monks simply are tired of them. They do block the view to the
Br. Louis (r) and Dennis Schluterman
harvesting “the pines” near Coury House
north, and several large trees near Coury House and the cooling tower are potential hazards. Now that the wall repair has
been put off, we have plenty of time to harvest the trees. I say “we,” meaning Br. Louis and Novice Greg. They haul the
logs to the sawmill, where Fr. Bruno converts them into lumber.
The second Chapter meeting allowed Novices Kyle and Greg to continue their novitiate, and accepted Candidate Michael Deel into the novitiate. Novicemaster Fr. Leonard said that he had to wake one of the novices to tell him the results
of the voting. “Well,” he said, “I was tired.” Talk about a clear conscience!
Br. Louis had planted watermelons this year, for the first time. They were looking so good that he couldn’t stand to
see them dry up, and he managed to haul water from a pond near the garden. His efforts paid off with numerous melons,
including two 50-pound giants. For a while there, we were eating watermelon three meals a day.
The heat peaked on August 10 with 105°. It stayed hot for another three weeks, but the worst was past.
Nearly 300 people turned out on August 12 to honor Fr. Harold on his special Appreciation Day. The idea here was
to express thanks and love toward a person while they are still around to enjoy it. Fr. Harold is pushing 93, but remains
alert, active, and very involved in life and ministry. The dinner speeches featured representatives from the many groups
Fr. Harold has served over the years: Subiaco Academy, Corpus Christi Academy, Laneri High School, Marriage Encounter, parishes, and Knights of Columbus. One of the speakers summed up the man and monk: “He taught us how to laugh,
how to cry, how to love.”
Faculty and staff of the Academy began in-service days on August 14. We knew it was coming, since the football
players’ pre-season program had already been going on for two weeks. Headmaster Mike Berry sounded a positive note,
telling of a higher enrollment than projected, and an improving financial outlook. These words were backed up by the
announcement that faculty and staff lunches would be provided without charge this year. The higher number of boarding
students required the re-opening of the Third East dormitory, which had not been needed for several years. Of course this
area needed a “daddy,” and Br. James Casey got the call. He had been “deaning” the football players, so he just got to
stay on in what he had thought would be a temporary assignment.
We began picking grapes on August 16. Br. Joseph Koehler and Br. Andrew had been picking some for table use and
for sale for weeks already. The raccoons, opossums, birds, and June bugs had been working on them steadily too. Br.
Joseph traps and relocates the ‘coons and ‘possums, ignores the birds, and concocts a lethal poison for the June bugs.
His sweet poison is so attractive that the insects burrow down through the heaped carcasses of their own dead to get at it.
Surely it is safe to say that no one has ever before used this disgusting behavior as an illustration of St. Benedict’s words
in the Rule: “death is stationed near the gateway of pleasure.” (RB 7:24)
Just after the British authorities foiled the airline terrorist plot, Abbot Jerome set off for two English abbeys (Worth
Abbey—men, and Stanbrook Abbey—women) to give retreats. He was able to carry bottles of “liquid explosives”—the
Abbey Monk Sauce—to them and returned with samples of honey from Worth Abbey. He said that a nun at Stanbrook
ignored his warnings about the hot sauce, and she left the refectory in a hurry!
As soon as Abbot Jerome left for England, it started raining (draw your own conclusions). We got four inches the
week of August 20, assuring another cutting of badly-needed hay. The water supply rose three inches, showing that there
was no runoff at all from the heavily-forested watershed of the lakes.
Before the late August rain, Athletic Director Tim Tencleve had watched
helplessly as the football field turned brown. Banned from watering, he eventually commandeered the town and Abbey fire trucks and hauled tanks of water, totaling around 30,000 gallons, from the “highway pond” just across from
the football field. This saved his honor, and provided an evening spectacle.
Perhaps Br. Francis should have followed suit in the inner courtyard, but
who would have thought that the St. Augustine grass would actually die? Yes,
it turned brown, but then it stayed brown after the rain, and by mid-September
we had to face reality: It’s gone. Fr. Harold had brought one square yard of
Augustine grass sod from Corpus Christi, Texas, around 1944. All the Augustine grass on the “hill” descended from that stock. An extremely cold and icy
winter in 1977 killed the grass of the two south rectangles in the inner court;
Watering the football field during the drought
now thirty years later the two north plots have succumbed to
the drought. A rye and fescue blend has been planted, and
plans call for the whole inner court to revert back to Bermuda
grass next summer.
The swimming pool closed on Labor Day, earlier than
usual. This is another effort to conserve water. In hot dry
weather, two garden hoses have to run continuously into the
pool to maintain the water level. The maintenance department
began issuing a weekly update on the lake water supply, in ever
smaller decrements. The report of September 13 said that the
level was 7 feet, 7 and 3/8 inches below full.
The entire community and some of the staff enjoyed an
outing to Shoal Creek on September 14. The fish did not cooperate, but the fried chicken and burgers were not able to escape.
Brother Edward, the acknowledged monk horseshoe pitching
Second lake nears all-time low since it was built
champ, teamed up with Sam Little, the maintenance director.
The expression “bringing in a ringer” fits literally here. The
two of them could only have been beaten by some sort of divine intervention, and God did not choose to get involved.
The Sisters’ cows left clear evidence that they had been out on the parish grounds, recently. This added a definite element
of suspense to the volleyball games.
The bi-annual Oblate Retreat brought familiar faces “home” for some days. Several came early to share a bit longer
in our prayer and work. Two new Oblates made their oblation at Vespers on September 23. It is always a pleasure to have
these partners in our prayer and work physically present with us.
The report from the Abbey Farm of September 18 commented on the number of calves being born recently. They
came a little earlier than expected, “due to the hot weather of late August,” according to the report. I guess it is easier to
have a little one trotting alongside than carrying it inside, in hot weather.
Much of Arkansas was under flood and tornado warnings on September 23. We received over two inches of rain,
which was most welcome, but we still need one of those floods!
It was for liberty that Christ freed
us. (Galatians 5:1)
The more one does what is good,
the freer one becomes. (Catechism of
the Catholic Church, 1733)
This past June, I attended the
national convention of the Couple to
Couple League, an association which
promotes natural family planning
(NFP). Of course, as a priest and a
teacher of a Catholic Morality course,
I am quite familiar with natural family
planning. I teach it and promote it and
believe in it. I know couples who use
NFP and are happy with it. But I had
never spent days with large numbers
of families who are all practicing natural family planning.
Very quickly I had two reactions.
First, “Wow! There are a lot of kids
here.” Second, “These are really
happy families.” A young woman
who was on campus at the same time
as the Couple to Couple League saw
the same families, but from a distance. She concluded that natural
family planning does not work. I, who
studied, ate, played, and prayed with
these families for four days, arrived at
a more accurate assessment, I think.
NFP works to space or prevent
births, as medical histories, records,
and charts prove. And NFP works at
a much deeper level to bring spouses
to generosity, to self-giving love, to
joyful acceptance of life, and to true
freedom. Speaker after speaker drove
home the message that what first was
undertaken with trepidation as another
burden led to life-giving and joyful
Words can
be cheap; the
proof lay in
seeing the
large families
interact with
patience and
love. The
children were clearly happy and welladjusted; the parents were calm. Their
children were not due to failures of
NFP. They were the freely-chosen
gifts of love and obedience.
Jazz ensemble begins busy season
Elections held
The Subiaco Academy Jazz
Ensemble performed at the Ft. Smith
Jazz Festival October 7, 2006. This
festival is primarily for professional
groups, so it is a great honor for the
Subiaco group to perform. In April the
Jazz Ensemble will again travel to San
Antonio to compete in the Bluebonnet
Classic Music Festival. Based on excellence in performance, the Subiaco
Jazz Ensemble has again been invited
to perform at the Hard Rock Café on
the Riverwalk in San Antonio. The
group has received awards for “best
overall performance” in recent years at
festivals in Dallas and in San Antonio. Subiaco Academy held elections for
their Student Council officers on Tuesday
Sept. 12.
Student Council executive officers
elected last April are president Don Goetz;
vice president B.J. Moore; secretary Sung
Kee Ahn; parliamentarian Harrison Kim;
treasurer Lucas Bauer.
Senior class officers are president Mike
Gaskell; vice president Jeff Thomas; secretary Alan Albert; treasurer John Zagurski;
representatives Danny Adams, Michael
Hickey, and Joseph Thomas.
Junior class officers are president
Buck Butler; vice president Dylan Veron;
secretary Baykal Altiner; treasurer Jacob
Didion; representatives Seth Buckman,
Joseph Post, and Jordan Pridgin.
Sophomore class officers are president John-Rex Spivey; vice president Sam
Gulutzo; secretary Reagan Ryu; treasurer Ji
Young Ahn; representatives Bill Heil, Bill
Morton, and Jude Ruesewald.
Freshmen class officers are president
Chris Trachier; vice president C.J. Kiernan;
secretary Gary Nelson; treasurer Stephen
Liuzza; representatives Allen Bratcher, Allen Freeland, and Danny White.
Day Student Representative to the
Student Council is Kevin Wewers.
Student Council’s first event was the
Fall Dance held Sept. 23 at the Performing
Arts Center with guests from Mount St.
Mary’s in Little Rock. The ladies also ate
dinner in the Academy dining room.
According to sponsor Mrs. Cheryl
Goetz, the goals of the council are to
provide support for the faculty and administration, to assist the activities director in
planning events for student body and to
serve as the voice of the student body when
it has concerns.
The Council planned a dress down day
for Sept. 29 to raise money for new megaphones for cheering and designed posters
for home football games.
The Ensemble performs music in
the following styles: traditional blues,
30s-50s big band, be-bop, swing, rock
R & B, and fusion. The group delights
audiences at more than 20 venues annually, e.g., formal concerts, community events, competitions, football and
basketball games.
Pat and Vicki Wardlaw of Waco,
TX, recently donated $50,000.00
for the purchase of new saxophones,
trumpets, pianos, a theory composition
lab, a portable P.A. system, and to help
with travel costs.
Scholars commended
The headmaster, Michael Berry,
academically talented students and
of Subiaco Academy announced today the key role played by schools in their
that Benjamin T. Harrison and Joseph
development is essential to the purA. Thomas have been named Comsuit of educational excellence in our
mended Students in the 2007 National nation,” commented a spokesperson
Merit Scholarship Program. A letter
for NMSC. “The young people being
of commendation from the school and name Commended Students have
National Merit Scholarship Corporademonstrated outstanding academic
tion (NMSC), which conducts the
potential by their strong performance
program, will be presented by the
in this highly competitive program.
headmaster to these scholastically
We hope that this recognition will
talented seniors.
help broaden their educational opporAbout 34,000 Commended Stutunities and that they will continue to
dents throughout the nation are being
pursue scholastic excellence.”
recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although
they will not continue
in the 2007 competition
for Merit Scholarship
awards, Commended Students placed among the
top five percent of more
than 1.4 million students
who entered the 2007
competition by taking the
2005 Preliminary SAT/
National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
Benjamin Harrison, Headmaster Mike Berry & Joseph
Thomas pose with their Commended Student awards
“Recognition of
Increased enrollment
The 2006-07 school year started
with temperatures near 100 degrees.
According to the National Weather
Bureau in Little Rock, August 2006
was the hottest on record with the
average high temperature at 101.7
degrees. Football players had spent
the previous three weeks dealing with
the heat.
Along with the soaring temperatures, the registration lines saw many
new faces, in fact, the most in recent
years, according to Ms. Evelyn Bauer,
admission assistant.
Subiaco saw an increased enrollment with 166 students this fall. That
is ten more than last year, according to
Ms. Bauer.
The students came from 15 states.
The 34 international students came
from five countries: Mexico 3, Korea
27, China 2, Taiwan 2, and Germany
The number of Mexican students
is small compared to past years.
Headmaster Mike Berry said, “We
are making an effort to enroll students
who will graduate from Subiaco. In recent years students from Mexico who
come in the ninth grade do not return.
We are not recruiting these students
any more.”
The increase in the student body
brought complaints from returning students about lack of space and lockers,
the crowding in hallways and in the
cafeteria. The east wing of the third
floor was opened and Br. James Casey
was put on board as dean.
Seven new teachers and deans also
welcomed the new school year. The
deans are Mr. Matthew Feist, Mr. Kyle
Kordsmeier, and Mr. Brent Thayer.
The new teachers are Mrs. Felipa
Garcia (Spanish), Mr. Walt Geels
(chemistry and physics), Dr. Sharon
Kenney (choral music and piano), and
Mr. Brad Kent (math).
Kyle Kordsmeier returns from Middle East work
Tear gas, gunshots, roadblocks, and electric fences are some of the
things that Subiaco teacher and alumnus Kyle Kordsmeier experienced in
the land of the West Bank. In his four trips, Mr. Kordsmeier helped impoverished Palestinians living under the present occupation. His time spent
in the West Bank showed him exactly how real and devastating the actual
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is.
Mr. Kordsmeier worked with several groups of international and Israeli
human rights groups, like Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), for Palestinian
relief. Several problems faced the Palestinians in the West Bank including
under employment, poverty, and Israeli military incursions.
Mr. Kordsmeier and the human rights activists often entertained themselves by playing football and soccer in the Palestinian refugee camps.
During peaceful demonstrations, Mr. Kordsmeier and the other international activists placed themselves in front of the Palestinians because the
Israeli military was not allowed to fire on internationals. During demonstrations, international and Israeli human rights workers joined in solidarity
Kyle Kordsmeier, teacher & dean at Subiaco
with Palestinians losing their land with the construction of the wall.
Sometimes relief was simply being with the oppressed. The relief work
from human rights workers (HRWs) was not only enlightening for workers,
but it also showed a wider view of the American people to Palestinians.
Mr. Kordsmeier said, “Not all Americans support the relocation and occupation of Palestinians.”
Much of Mr. Kordsmeier’s work was done in the city of Qalquillia, an agricultural city with a population of 70,000,
and the surrounding area. Much of Qalquillia’s trouble came from the presence of the Israeli fortified wall complete with
sniper towers and electric fences. This wall caused grief for the farmers in the surrounding area which made an international presence necessary during Mr. Kordsmeier’s trip. The removal of roadblocks was also one of the many tasks the
HRWs performed in the region.
Groups from Mr. Kordsmeier’s organization were divided into teams of five and then spread all over the West Bank.
About one third of the workers in the organization were American college students while the majority of the rest were
from Sweden.
For those who are considering becoming involved, Mr. Kordsmeier advises them to “see for themselves because the
images on the TV are not the reality.”
Summer travels to Spain and Jerusalem
to use Spanish to interact in the new
lem, the Wailing Wall and the house of
culture. While in Spain, the students
the Last Supper. The trip was an eye
stayed in the homes of two Argentinopener for many. Much of the trip folean families. The students had meals
lowed the path that Jesus took during
with the families. Albert said that the
his life and ministry.
families were “really friendly.” Their
The group also visited non-reliexperience in housing international
gious places like the Jewish Kibbutz of
students gave the Subi students relief. Nof Tavor, Caesarea. Near the Dead
There was much to do in
Alicante. When they had free time
the students spent their days at the
beach. According to Moore “Alicante is a night city.”
The trip gave the students a
wider view of the world. Moore
said, “The trip made me see how the
world works outside America.”
Late May and early June was
Fr. Mark and Cooper White riding a camel
the time for a different trip for several from the local area. Cooper
White, Fr. Mark, and a couple
Sea, the group also visited the ruins
of Subiaco oblates went to the
of Kunran where the Dead Sea Scrolls
Holy Land on a pilgrimage.
were found.
While in Israel, the group
As Fr. Mark said, “Any Christian
spent eight days (not includshould try to make this trip some time
ing travel) visiting places of
in his life because it makes your faith
Biblical importance: Canaan,
come alive.”
Nazareth, Bethlehem, the JorSubiaco seniors in Spain with José Aznar, former
dan River, Mt. Tabor, JerusaSubiaco Spanish teacher
June 2006 was an eventful time
for Subiaco students when they went
to Spain and to Jerusalem. Six Subiaco
seniors (Jeff Thomas, Joe Thomas,
Danny Adams, Alan Albert, B.J.
Moore, and Nathan Willems) went to
Alicante, while Cooper White (10) and
Fr. Mark Stengel pilgrimaged to the
Holy Land.
The students attended classes
at the University of Alicante. The
classes were like a college course and
even counted for a semester of college credit. Outside the classroom, the
students were still learning. The need
to use the Spanish they had learned
was never higher than on this trip. On
every occasion, except for conversation with each other, the students had
Ricky Tang and Paul Noebels attend Lead America
Two seniors attended an international leadership-building program
this summer. Ricky Tang from Zhahai,
China, and Paul Noebels from Paris,
AR, attended a ten-day Lead America
Lead America is an organization founded by Chris M. Salamone,
a successful lawyer who wanted to
help youth succeed. The program is
designed to help middle school, high
school and college-level students learn
leadership in the career field of their
choice. In the program, speakers from
selected fields talked to the participants.
Noebels attended the Medicine
and Healthcare program held July 28
– August 6 in New York. He attended
classes and lectures on medical simulation, EMT skills instruction, leadership development classes, and medical
school admission boards.
The July 14-July 23 conference
that Tang attended in Boston focused
on global business and entrepreneurship.
According to Tang, the program
is a very international event. In his
small group of 18 attendees, seven
nations were represented. Over 300
attended the conference in Boston. Tang said, “I didn’t expect so
many people. I had people from
Africa, South America, and Asia in
my group.” Tang attended leadership
development workshops, presentation
skills, and new age business technology. His small group created a business
plan outlining the goals for their new
business, a magazine for teens.
Along with the lectures and
seminars, attendees took field trips and
sightseeing tours. Tang visited Harvard Business College and the Federal
Reserve Bank. Noebels visited Mt.
Sinai Medical School and the Statue of
Tang said, “It was eye-opening and
fun going to these places.”
With over eight sites and ten career
fields, the program was considered a
good opportunity by both Noebels and
Reunions of years past
by Don Berend
What were the early meetings of the Subiaco Alumni
Association like when compared to today’s get-togethers?
When Fr. Luke wrote the first constitution and by-laws
for the association in 1913, the need for the group to be
a support for the Academy and the Abbey and to foster
fellowship among its graduates were the mainstays of the
association, just as they are today.
From some of the reports sent out to monks working
in parishes during those early days, we can get a glimpse
A 1917 Alumni Reunion photo from our archives
of the kind of activities that were carried on at meetings.
“Der Alumnenverein: Am 11. und 12. wurde von den alten Studenten die Subiaco Alumni Association gegründet. Fünf lange Monate hatte P. Lukas als Vorsteher des Präliminarkomites gearbeitet an den Konstitutionen und Enwürfen des zu werdenden Verbanes, sowie am Ausspüren und Einladen
tauglicher alter Sudenten.” Did I forget to mention that those reports in the Der Klausner von Subiako were in German,
but thanks to Abbot Jerome’s linguistic skills, we do have a translation? “On the 11th and 12th former students founded the
Subiaco Alumni Association. For five long months had Father Luke, as chairman of the preliminary committee, worked on
the constitution and designed the new organization, along with tracking down and inviting qualified former students.”
June 1913
(pp. 36-37) On the 11th and 12th the former students met to found the Subiaco Alumni Association based on the work
done by Father Luke. On the 10th the student brass band went down to the train station for a formal welcome. The fact
that only two alumni arrived on that train did not bother the musicians. At noon on the 11th a preliminary meeting was
held, and in the evening the dramatic club performed the play “Corner Store” for the alumni. On the 12th the Association
was organized during two meetings with 40 candidates present. The various officers were elected and eventually 72 members joined. The Bishop telegraphed his blessing. A solemn Mass was held in the new west wing, and under the direction
of Fr. Boniface, first Subiaco alumnus, various toasts were proclaimed to the present prosperity and the future happiness
of the College. – Vivat, floreat, crescat!!! (May it live, flourish, and grow.)
Through the five years the reported agenda seems to remain the same. The band meets the train, Alums gather and tell
stories, students perform a stage production, and at a meal many toasts are offered. In 1914 tours were given (sounds like
reunions of the last few years).
The reports we have only give a brief title for the toast, but from those we imagine the explanations that followed. The
longer the meal lasted, probably the longer the explanation. In 1914 toasts were offered as follows “Fr. Peter: ‘The Organization, Fr. Luke: ‘Education old and new time,’ urging the classics; Joe Gatz: ‘Business,’ Prior Augustine: ‘The classical studies as the best mental training.’ The toasts continued in 1915 as follows, “Fr. Gregory: ‘Elocution and the Alumni
Medal,’ Fr. Jerome: ‘A model Graduate,’ using Webster’s definition: “A model is a little imitation of the real thing.” The
real thing he found in student Lips-meyer, 6 1/2 ft. tall and 200 pounds. Fr. Paul: ‘Benedictines as Educators,’ and lastly
Fr. Prior: ‘Hugh Benson,’ the writer. 1916 brought more toasts, “Fr. Luke: ‘Arkansas Then and Now,’ Fr. Jerome: ‘Shakespeare,’ and Nick Eichen: ‘My Classmates.’
Entertainment by the students seemed to be a highlight of the reunions. In 1913, in addition to the band performing,
the dramatic club performed the play “Corner Store” for the Alumni. In 1915 the three-act play “Vacation” was presented.
1916 and 1917 saw Shakespeare presented in the form of “Macbeth” and “King Lear” respectively.
Two of the early monks who seemed hits at these reunions were Fr. Luke and Fr. Boniface. Fr. Luke, who worked on
the formation of the organization in 1915, explained that he would not comment of the war (World War I) because “Sallust is no help, Xenophon speaks only of retreat, and Fr. Luke himself knows nothing of finance, and is neither a soldier
nor an insurance agent.” Fr. Boniface seemed to always be good for a surprise. In 1915 he had on display one of his new
creations, a mobile chicken coop, set up for advertisement in North Park. The 1916 newsletter notes that the arrival of Fr.
Boniface, first Subiaco Alumnus, meant there would be fireworks at the meeting the next day.
Today reunions are held after the students leave campus, so we don’t have them to provide entertainment, and our
meals lack the formality of toasts, but the spirit remains the same. The association is still a strong supporter of the school
and offers an opportunity for fraternal fellowship.
Mike Mangione
When Mike Mangione took over
the reins as president of the Alumni
Association this past year, he was just
broadening the scope of the activities
he is involved in at the Academy. He
has worked with summer camp for 11
years and for the last 3 years he has
been the Chairman of the Summer
Camp Committee. Under his guidance
and innovative programs camp has
thrived, and this past summer’s camp
had the largest attendance ever. He is
now talking about extending camp for
an extra week.
He has served on the Alumni
Board for 5 years and has worked on
a number of its projects. Now he has
added to his titles, “father of a student,” as he enrolled his son Dominic
as a freshman for the fall semester.
Mike and his wife Robin live in
Fayetteville, AR, with their son, Dominic. Mike is employed by Northwest
Health System and Robin is an emer-
Martin Ashour ’39 died in Oak
Harbor, Washington, on August 5,
2006. After service in the U.S. Army
Air Corps, he taught and coached at
Subiaco and at Laneri High School.
He is survived by children Daniel
Ashour and Debbie Anderson; five
grandchildren; sisters Agnes Kennedy, Sister Rose Ashour O.S.B., and
Barbara Chrisman; and brother, Paul
Clarence Yeager ’39 died in
Mesa, AZ, on February 5, 2006. He is
survived by his wife Evelyn.
Clarence Beumer ’35 passed
away recently at the age of 93.
Eugene (Blaise) Baltz died on
April 15, 2006, in the Corpus Christi
area. He was ordained at Subiaco in
1955 and served at the Abbey and
at Corpus Christi until 1968. He is
survived by his wife Ruth; stepchildren, Dottie Glaze, Debbie Jackson,
and Scott Braslau; brothers and sisters,
Mary Ernestine Mcguire, Kay Brannon and Richard, Antone and Steve
Baltz; two granddaughters and three
Colby Mitchell ’90 died August
13, 2006, of a heart attack.
Jerry Ahlert ’45 died July 11,
2006, in Ft. Smith, AR. He was a
member of the Holy Name Society,
the UTC Club and Cursillo, a Fourth
Degree Knight of Columbus and
retired manager of Petit Jean Lumber
Co. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three daughters, Susan Holtz,
Sara Hattabough, and Sharon Tate; six
sons, Stephen, Greg, Allen, Mark, Jeff
and Tom; three sisters, Betty Hoover,
Rosemary Lelemisis and Ginger Georgie; a brother, Ray; 26 grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Alumni Board President Mangione
gency room doctor at Siloam Springs
Memorial Hospital.
When they are not on the road to
and from Subiaco, they enjoy sailing
on Beaver Lake in their 34 ft. sailboat, The Bella Luna. They have been
gracious enough to host outings on
The Bella Luna as prizes for Academy
A gathering of almost 120 Alumni and family enjoyed the culinary skills of Mike
Mangione and his crew at the annual tailgate party preceding the football game with
Dover. The crowd feasted on hamburgers and hot dogs under the pines adjacent to the
parking lot.
Where are they now?
A. J. Fredrich ‘57 has come out
of retirement to assist in developing
new flood hazard maps reflecting the
flood levels experienced as a result of
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in southern Louisiana. He is also presenting an
eight-week program entitled “Sacred
Sounds in Sacred Spaces” on liturgical
music in medieval European abbeys,
churches and cathedrals as part of an
interdenominational educational program in Little Rock.
Roger Lisko ‘91 and his son,
Subiaco class of 2021, were on the
sidelines during the 27-0 victory over
Keith Harmon ‘03, according to
The Green Sheet, the Lyon College
Online Newsletter, participated in a
Lyon Moot Court Team debate as part
of a Constitution Day program. They
debated NSA’s wiretapping policy.
Major Arthur Didion ‘82 is at
Montgomery, Alabama, at Maxwell
Air Force Base attending Air Staff
and Command College working on a
Masters degree in Military Operations.
The curriculum involves leadership,
culture, a foreign language (Arabic),
world politics and military operations.
He says he wishes the language could
have been French, then he could have
put to use something he learned at
David Geis ‘72 wrote, “Since my
retirement, I have enjoyed a full life
with my wife and my family. I am still
teaching at Sears Driving School.”
Jason and Felicia Gehrig ‘89, lay
missionaries in Bolivia, were featured
in a two-page article in the 2006 issue
of Oye! magazine.
Justin Cope ‘95 is currently living
in Fayetteville, AR, working for a land
surveyor as head CAD Technician. He
recently married Maegen Lindsay and
will be relocating in Kingwood, TX.
Fr. Jeremy Myers ‘74 was spotted near the Coury House recently. He
had come to visit Fr. Hilary.
Greg Aydt ‘72, visited with Frs.
Camillus, Hugh and Abbot Jerome in
July. An Arkansan since 1993, he now
resides in Mountain View, AR.
John Rowley ‘44 sent a historical
note telling of activity at the Abbey
during World War I: “Army troops
inspected the abbey to be assured
that there were no cannons on the
roof as reported by locals who were
concerned that the German speaking
Swiss monks were in the Kaiser’s
thrall. Downspouts, the ‘canons’ turn
out to be. Water canons?”
Dr. William Lawbaugh ‘60 of
Virginia and Pennsylvania is presently
in Canterbury, England, enjoying “tea
but no scones, just tiny sandwiches
and shortbread cookies” and visiting
the Thomas Beckett Pub.
Dave Lensing ‘99 married Stacie
Burrow, July 22, 2006, in the Abbey
Church. Newt Koch ’99 was the “best
Joe Weisbrod ‘87 after spending
several years with The Brink’s Company, a global security and logistics
company, as an internal auditor has accepted a position with a Dallas-based
chemical company in finance management. His new job requires him to
travel in Canada and Europe.
Jim Narens ‘92, a nationallyranked fencer, recently competed in a
tournament in Atlanta. Pete ’78, Jim’s
uncle, is also into fencing, but the kind
one finds in the backyard.
Daniel Schmitt ‘79, a computer
programmer in St. Louis, and family,
toured campus with Br. Jude in July.
Matt and Mary Stengel ‘99 welcomed their first child, Emily Terèse,
on June 10, 2006.
Mike and Melissa Walter ‘88
welcomed a baby girl Lexie Ryan Walter into the world August 15, 2006.
Arkansas House Speaker Benny
Petrus ‘75 has appointed Abbot
Jerome ‘57 Chaplain for the coming
session of the State House of Representatives, beginning in January.
Tommy Scott ‘90 has left his family’s business and is opening a specialty-coating company. His wife owns a
franchise, Edible Arrangements, which
makes specialty fruit baskets and gifts.
Tommy and his wife have three sons,
Griffin 6, Elliot 3, and Oliver 1.
Denis Wewers ‘55 and his wife
Molly have been touring Ireland. He
says it has been quite an experience
driving on the wrong side of the road,
steering from the wrong side of the car
and shifting with the left hand. They
have seen a number of old monasteries
and no snakes. St. Patrick apparently
was very effective.
Steve Susi ‘70, Anthony Susi
‘89, Greg Gormley ‘92 and Charles
Carpenter ‘89 got together before the
Ohio State Buckeyes- Texas Longhorn
game. Besides reminiscing and seeing
what a difference a few years makes,
they heard about Greg’s colossal
play against former US Open tennis
champion Andy Roddick. Greg is still
awaiting word when Andy’s racket
will be repaired.
Chef Drew Daniel ‘76 provided
steaks, chicken, and all the trimmings
for the football Trojans August 3 at the
Lake Dardanelle campsite; Joe Spivey
‘77 provided hours of patient water
skiing instruction for the same group.
Kyle Kordsmeier ‘02, now a
Dean and teacher in the Academy, Andrew Arbogast ‘03 and Patrick Hickey ‘04 were spotted reminiscing after
the Senior Ring Ceremony August
20, 2006. The latter two rejoiced with
their brothers as members of the class
of 2007. Andrew is in his last year at
Northwest Missouri State University
holding the position of Cadet Major in
ROTC, and upon graduation will be
commissioned as a Second Lieutenant
in the United States Army.
Eric Tsai ’01 is described in an
article “Asia Best 20 Young Entrepreneurs under 25”August 21, 2006, issue
of Business Week Online as follows:
“talk about a global mindset, Tsai was
born in Taiwan, attended high school
in the U.S., and picked up a degree
at Sophia University in Japan. (Yes
he is fluent in Chinese, Japanese and
Tony and Mary Beth Passarella
’65 were blessed with their first granddaughter August 1, 2006. She will
be baptized at St. Bernard Abbey in
Development Director’s Message
On a recent Sunday I took five
students with me to visit and have
lunch with Mrs. Betty Hampel of
Benton, AR. Betty and her husband,
the late Carl E. Hampel, set up five
scholarships that are offered to students of Subiaco Academy who have
demonstrated during a previous year
of schooling at Subiaco that they meet
several criteria set up by the Hampels.
In setting up the scholarships, Carl described the type of student he wanted
to help as being an average student
who wants a good education.
This year’s recipients of the Carl
and Betty Hampel scholarships are:
Baykal Altiner (11), Samuel Gulutzo
(10), Jude Ruesewald (10), Joshua
Stewart (10), and Benjamin Harrison
(12). We all enjoyed a nice pizza lunch
with Mrs. Hampel and several of her
family members and they got a chance
to meet the young men who are benefiting from their support.
Currently efforts are being made
at Subiaco to create more scholarships
that can be offered to worthy students
who might otherwise not be able to
benefit from an education at Subiaco
Academy. Many current alumni can
look back and see that their education
at Subiaco helped prepare them for
the work they have been engaged in
throughout their lives. And they are
eager to help provide that opportunity
for the young men of today. The Fr.
Harold Heiman scholarship, which
we announced some 4 months ago
and which has reached $186,000.00,
is a recent example of this effort. We
L-R; Benjamin Harrison, Baykal Altiner, Joshua Stewart, Samuel Gulutzo
& Jude Ruesewald presenting a plaque to Mrs. Betty Hampel.
Let us join you in praying for your needs.
The telephone number to call is:
feel that this
will be able
to reach its
stated goal of
One of
our goals over the next three years is
to create at least 2 more such scholarships. In the past, Subiaco Academy
has relied more on the abundance of
free monk teachers rather than trying
to increase its endowment. We know
well that we cannot continue to do so
in the future. The way we see it now,
the Academy and the students of the
future will more and more depend on
the endowment that we set up at this
Other similar schools of our size
look to have endowments in excess
of $10 million. Subiaco’s “endowment” has been its monks. But as we
know, we have fewer monks today.
We hope and pray for a time when this
trend will reverse itself, but for now
we must prepare for the future that we
And indeed that is what we have
been doing. Through the help of many
alumni and friends of Subiaco, our
endowment has increased by nearly
$2 million over the last 4 years. This
has not happened by accident. Some
of this increase has been through
increased donations, but a significant
part of it has come about as a result of
the careful managing of the funds we
have available by reducing expenses
and watching over budgets.
It would not be fair for us to ask
you to help us if we were not willing
to do our share in seeing that the funds
we have available are used to the absolute best of our ability.
Thank you and God Bless You.
Recent Memorials
There are times when everyone wants to do something with lasting spiritual meaning for his or her loved ones.
Subiaco Abbey provides such a way. Loved ones can be remembered daily in the monks’ Divine Office and their Masses
through the Memorial Enrollment Program. To make this possible the abbey offers two types of memorial cards that will
be sent to the family or friend that you specify. One would be sent to the family of a deceased person, and a second would
be sent to a living person being remembered. Living memorials include anniversaries, birthdays or other occasions.
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Abbey Brittle & Monk Sauce available now
Abbey Brittle and Monk Sauce
were featured in flyers that were
mailed in late September. We have
plans to produce some 3000 tins of our
famous peanut brittle during the next
three months.
Monk Sauce is extremely hot,
made from Habanero peppers grown
right here at Subiaco Abbey from
seeds brought back from Santa Familia
Monastery in Belize.
The peanut brittle comes in a
two pound can with the Abbey Brittle
monk logo along with a shippable gift
box and enclosure card if requested.
Monk Sauce is bottled in 5oz. glass
bottles and shipped bubble wrapped in
cardboard boxes.
Prices including shipping in the
United States:
Abbey Brittle - $20.00
Monk Sauce - $8.00
When you order 4-12 bottles of
Monk Sauce the cost is $4.00 per
bottle plus a flat fee of $10.00 for
e.g., 4 MS - $16+$10= $26.00
To order:
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Subiaco in your will, you can help guarantee the
future financial security of Subiaco Abbey and Academy. This form of “building for the future” is available to all friends of Subiaco Abbey, regardless of the
size of their estate or their present financial responsibilities.
For all estate planning, our legal name is:
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Upcoming Retreats and Events at Coury House
November 2006
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Away We Go Tour
Charles Beale Tour and Lunch
John Brown University Honors Class
Men’s retreat w/ Deacon Larry Campbell
Dan Egan
Knights of Columbus(Texas)
St. James Episcopal
New Year’s Evening of Recollection
Serenity Retreat
Academy School Board
Pulaski Heights Utd. Methodist Church Sunday School Retreat
St. John’s Episcopal Retreat (tentative)
Coury House Weekend Retreat rates include two nights and six meals.
A shared room: $100. Private room: $150. Married Couple: $195.
Rates for private retreats, days of recollection,
and special groups are available upon request.
For more information or reservations, contact us at:
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